Duane Byrge

Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
72% Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) This comedy's warm and soothing nature will give mainstream audiences in these dysfunctional-family times a perfect holiday uplift. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
95% Aladdin (1992) The magical, the mystical, the mysterious -- all those powers that lurk within movies but are rarely tapped are unleashed in Disney's latest magnificent animation, Aladdin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Culkin is breezily winning once again as the self-reliant kid alone, while Pesci and Stern deserve combat metals (especially Stern) to the bricks and slings they endure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
73% Cape Fear (1991) The wrath of De Niro, especially when pitched to the level of a jangle-brained Jehovah, is a mighty thing, but, in this case, its inherent cartoonery capsizes this film's small-story frame. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
78% Under Siege (1992) Die Hard on a ship, this Steven Seagal starrer is a hard-charged, perfectly detonated actioner that should especially delight especially macho mainstreamers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
83% Gattaca (1997) Stylishly scoped with ice-blue hues and smartly visualized with a forbiddingly cold design, Gattaca is an intelligently-conceived sci-fi chiller starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
96% The Fugitive (1993) Call something a "real train wreck" and it's considered a put-down. Not in this fast-track, no-stops chase movie with a massive train-wreck scene that's going to have audiences scrambling for cover. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
76% Air Force One (1997) This pulsating political actioner should prove cathartic for mainstream viewers who yearn for a decisive, gutsy executive branch of government. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
34% Hocus Pocus (1993) It's a veritable bagful of box office treats. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
58% Free Willy (1993) This movie itself is a very special case, a wonderful, timeless story of a boy's struggle to become part of a family. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
69% Point Break (1991) While the critics may yammer, Point Break delivers the thrills, spills and crunches its action-hungry audience demands. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
70% True Lies (1994) Schwarzenegger's comic confidence and good-guy tenacity are a perfect balance, while Curtis wins our sympathy as his repressed wife, showing some deadpan drollery of her own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
38% Armageddon (1998) Just because you're big does not mean you're not brainy, and this smart, polished entertainment crushes the notion that fx/disaster films run only on low-octane dialogue, lowest-common-denominator narrative and the lowliest instincts of tie-in marketeers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
78% A League of Their Own (1992) Under Penny Marshall's spirited, warm direction, the players shine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
81% Predator (1987) Visually, Predator is a full-assault experience. Director John McTiernan mixes his range of shots with fast precision and full-blast effect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The flaccid film is a goon-show version of Thompson's commentary on the craziness of the American Dream. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
55% Top Gun (1986) The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
45% Deep Impact (1998) It drags considerably, and mainstream action audiences are likely to find it tedious and undeniably old-fashioned. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
61% The Sandlot (1993) A scruffy underdog yarn that will appeal not only to kids but also to their thirty- or fortysomething parents. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
81% Primary Colors (1998) The performances are splendid, beginning with Travolta's magnificent turn as the big-hearted but hardballing man with 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on his horizon. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
58% Legends of the Fall (1994) In general, director Edward Zwick does a commendable job of keeping things apace, while... John Toll's scrumptiously pristine cinematography and James Horner's piercingly full score. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
97% Big (1988) Director Penny Marshall doesn't hammer any themes or satire into the film; she, quite shrewdly, keeps Big likeably small. The comedy is natural and unforced, in no small part because of Hanks' wonderfully slapstick performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
89% Titanic (1997) No meager disaster movie, greased by generic formula and goosed by big-bucks technology... Titanic is one big, bruising movie that will appeal on different levels to different audiences. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
83% Jerry Maguire (1996) On the jock front, Gooding is so believable in his role as Jerry's selfish, pea-brained, wide receiver client that the Dallas Cowboys might consider signing him to complement Michael Irvin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
75% Empire of the Sun (1987) John Williams' resonant and triumphant score superbly augments this simple and complex narrative - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
98% Broadcast News (1987) As the talented but professionally thwarted news writer, Brooks is sensational, both vain and vulnerable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
84% Starman (1984) Give ample credit to director John Carpenter also for his fluid storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
81% Scarface (1983) Other than an unflinching, intense and extraordinary performance from Al Pacino as the Cuban-born gangster Tony Montana, this gruesome offering has little to recommend. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
94% Beauty and the Beast (1991) In these sterile, technological days when creations of architecture, movies and other splendors are inferior to the classics of past ages, this artisan-crafted masterpiece is perhaps the closest we'll ever come to a Gothic cathedral. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
93% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Mainstream audiences should readily identify with the series of tribulations and woes that befall the Everyman Martin in this good-natured, albeit predictable comedy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
69% Purple Rain (1984) Even those who aren't Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
63% Contact (1997) Despite its lineage and some impressive special effects, Contact is a disappointingly earthbound production, weighed down by the ballast of talking-heads dramaturgy and bloated storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
72% Forrest Gump (1994) Contrasting Forrest's unassuming innocence with the upheavals and rancor of the times, the film is a wisely goofy commentary on the stupidity of smartness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
65% Independence Day (1996) A sci-fi story constellation of the brightest star elements. With German director Emmerich at the helm, Independence Day soars as filmic uber-craft. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
67% Coming to America (1988) This comedy is generally tame and sappy... what we get is homogenized Eddie Murphy, drained of his kinetic comic charm and smiling sass. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
64% The Rocketeer (1991) Undeniably, Rocketeer's overall trajectory is pleasing and winning, but it lacks the quirky charms and personal idiosyncracies that endeared other big-effects films to tot and sophisticate alike. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
82% The Untouchables (1987) While overtly melodramatic, The Untouchables is a perceptive and hard-driven actioner. It's an intriguing character confrontation, loaded with ironies, both personal and social. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
84% What About Bob? (1991) Murray and Dreyfuss play off each other to their maximum advantage: Murray does what he does best, to shine-on and ultimately destroy authority figures, while Dreyfuss' portrayal of the runty doctor is splendidly Napoleonic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
57% Twister (1996) While the special effects are clearly the star of this masterwork, the storyline itself, although predictable, is crisp and full of heart. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
71% The Fifth Element (1997) Narratively challenged, visually monotonous and aurally overpowering, The Fifth Element is a staggering accretion of all the wrong elements and some rather dopey ones as well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
95% Dave (1993) Layering this sweet comedic story with some sharp, editorial barbs, screenwriter Gary Ross has fashioned an engaging, brainy comedy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
75% Project X (1987) A combination of expose on Air Force experiments with chimpanzees and cuddly pet story, Project X should fly high as family entertainment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
57% Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) Writer B.J. Nelson has skillfully combined plot elements and situations which draw from the best of westerns and anti-Establishment cop films. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2018
100% Heart like a Wheel (1983) Heart is an often enthralling film of determination, heartbreak and triumph. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) As rough and shiny as chain nets on a sweltering summer day, White Men Can't Jump is a poetic, rag-tag triumph. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hopkins' performance is spectacularly unnerving and should win him future award nominations. Holding her own against Hopkins' hare is Jodie Foster as the tenacious, tortoise-like trainee. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
23% The Mighty Ducks (1992) While nicely layered with tough, conflicting personal questions, Ducks ultimately flaps off into easy outcomes and pat contrivances. Still it's an overall charmer, and director Stephen Herek keeps it flying with a nifty mix of slapstick and action. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
96% Unforgiven (1992) While not a pretty picture... Unforgiven is a magnificently realized work. In addition to Eastwood's fine, rough performance, Hackman and Freeman stand out. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
70% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) While much is in the Animal House vein and quite funny, several tasteless episodes mar the film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
14% Donovan's Echo (2011) Admittedly, the film is bolted to an intriguing psychological/paranormal premise, but the narrative trudges along in a fitful monotony of somber tones and stodgy pacing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017